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School of Music
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Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Vondran is assistant director of bands and assistant professor of music performance
at Ball State University. His
responsibilities at Ball State include conducting the Symphony Band, directing
the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band, and teaching courses in instrumental
conducting and repertoire. Prior to his
appointment at Ball State, Vondran served as the associate director of bands at
Western Illinois University and Youngstown State University, respectively. He began his professional teaching career at
Mentor High School in Ohio, where his concert, jazz, and marching bands
consistently received superior ratings and accolades for their outstanding
performances during his four-year tenure.
for his excellence in teaching and dedication to students while at Ball State, Vondran
is the most recent recipient of the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Teaching
Award. In addition, the Ball State University Symphony Band was
selected to perform at the 2012 Indiana Music Education Association Conference
and will perform at that event again in 2014.
career as a conductor, Vondran has worked with a number of notable composers in
the preparation, performance, and/or recording of their works for the wind band
medium. Recent collaborations include John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, David
Maslanka, Michael Daugherty, Steven Bryant, and Joel Puckett. A champion for
the creation and performance of new music, Vondran has been involved in several
commissioning projects since arriving at Ball State University.
brings to his teaching extensive performance experience as a conductor,
trombone and euphonium player, and classically trained vocalist. He has performed with and conducted numerous
groups in venues throughout the United States, Brazil, and Europe, including
Carnegie Hall in New York City, Symphony Hall in Chicago, Severance Hall in
Cleveland, and Knight Concert Hall in Miami.
clinician and adjudicator, Vondran maintains membership in the Music Educators
National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, National Band
Association, and the College Music Society.
He has been recognized for his musical achievements and academic
scholarship with his induction into the National Music Honor Society of Pi
Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the Mortar Board National
Collegiate Honor Society. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa
Psi, and is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma.
received his doctor of musical arts degree in instrumental conducting, with an
emphasis in music education, from the University of Miami (FL). In addition to studying conducting and
repertoire during his doctoral residency, Vondran completed his master of music
degree in instrumental conducting at Youngstown State University and earned his
bachelor of music education degree (magna cum laude) at The Ohio State
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